The Friday, March 17, Column

Half People – Photo: Will Austin

Soundbytes – Ugly Tattoo Contest

We all have those things we regret and it’s not often we get a chance at a do-over, but if one of your regrets is that first tattoo that may or may not have been done by an “artist” of questionable status, then your chance to have that all “done over” is coming up on Sunday, March 19, at B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille when the third annual “Ugly Tattoo Contest” will be held, with the “winner” of the ugliest tattoo getting $400 worth of tattoo work done by world-renowned local tattoo artist Shotsie Gorman. There will also be door prizes and a raffle for additional items, which will benefit Planned Parenthood.

Gorman has been doing tattoos for almost 40 years, at a time when they were not only frowned upon by society, but also still illegal in many areas. Gorman was a co-founder of the “Alliance of Professional Tattooists.” In addition to being a tattoo artist, Gorman also is a sculptor, painter and a performance poet. Formerly from New Jersey, he and his wife, Kristine, have settled in Sonoma to raise their family and now operate the Tarot, Art & Tattoo Studio in Boyes Hot Springs.

And to add to the festivities, there will be a performance by Half People, who are essentially half of the act Static People, which features Dmitra Smith on vocals and stand-up drums and Pascal Faivre on guitar and looping devices. Smith is a professionally trained vocalist with a three octave range and Faivre has roots in the original punk scene in France. The duo puts on an interesting show, playing unique versions of obscure cover songs along with some originals.

There is no cover for the show, which kicks off at 6 p.m., but there will be plenty of opportunities to donate to the cause.


Tri-Tip Trio

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, March 17: Ralph Cetola Band. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18: Wildflower Weed. 7:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, March 17: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 18: DJ Tamayo. 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 19: “Ugly Tattoo Contest” with Half People. 6 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, March 18: the Last Resort and Mid-Life Krysis. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, March 17: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, March 17: Aki Kumar and Jon Lawton. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 18: Witherward. 8 p.m.
Sunday, March. 19: Rainbow Girls – in the Listening Room. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, March 17: St. Paddy’s Day music. 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 18: Kith and Kin. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, March 17: Reggae Night with Byron Borges. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 18: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

The Reel Fish Shop and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Friday, March 17: 2nd Street Blues Band. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18: Tri-Tip Trio. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, March 17: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. T Luke and the Tight Suits. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 18: Full Circle. 5 p.m. Sean Carscadden. 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 19: Paula Szoka, 4 p.m. Bruce Gordon and Friends, 5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E. Sonoma, 996-0311
Sunday, March 19: The PrimaTrio, 3 p.m.

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